Megan Roberts, Ed.D. is the Executive Director of MƒA, a nonprofit organization that builds a community of accomplished mathematics and science teachers who make a lasting impact in their schools, their communities, and the profession at large through collaboration and continued learning.
Megan leads MƒA’s strategic and operational initiatives, as well as oversees all aspects of MƒA’s four-year fellowships for over 1,000 K-12 public school mathematics and science teachers. Programming for the MƒA fellowship community includes over 150 course offerings each semester, as well as a variety of unique professional opportunities for teachers across the fellowships and NYC at large. Megan and her team advocate for teachers to be respected and trusted as professionals and to have access to a meaningful professional community where their voices are prominent. Ultimately, our goal at MƒA is to inspire great teachers to stay in the classroom and amplify their impact across NYC and beyond.
Prior to MƒA, Megan spent 16 years working in the New York City public school system where she began her career as a Science Teacher in Manhattan. She then went on to become a middle school Principal and then the Regional Director for STEM, where she oversaw the curriculum, instruction, and professional development for schools across Manhattan and the South Bronx.
When Bloomberg, then Mayor, hired Joel Klein to run the New York school system, they created an Office of Innovation and asked Megan to lead it. In her final four years working within the department, she was the Executive Director for the Office of Innovation, during which time she and her team worked to support the school-based design of innovative whole school models, building on the understanding that today’s education system requires transformation to prepare students for the 21st Century. Her office’s mission was to design and test new learning models and work to bring promising models to scale national and internationally. As part of these efforts, Megan was a member of the Global Educational Leadership Program, a global initiative to bring together world leaders in education to wrestle with the need to transform education.
Megan holds an Ed.D. in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an M.A. in Secondary Science Education, and a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science. She is a past Woodrow Wilson Science Teaching Fellow; a Fulbright Memorial Teaching Fellow; and a Columbia University Science Teacher Research Fellow, for which she now serves on the advisory board. She also serves as a mentor for the Deeper Learning Equity Fellows, a national group of emerging leaders in addressing issues of educational inequity, and on the Board of Directors for the National Science Medals Foundation.
Megan has published articles and presented nationally and internationally on topics in geosciences, science education, professional development, educational technology, and innovation in education. She has given talks, keynote speeches, moderated and participated on panels, and presented at conferences and events including SXSW EDU, NSTA, ISTE, AERA, ASCD, AGU, NARST, The Big Bang, MaD Asia, and GELP in both San Francisco and London.
She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and new (adorable) puppy.